My fashionistas, some of you who follow this blog on Facebook may remember that few days ago I asked to title this look with a condition that if I like your name and use it on the blog, you will receive a freebie from me. Then I received a message with this title. Although the options were not too many but the ones I did receive, this one was the closest to elucidate this look. But if I could get away with plagiarising Margaret Mitchell, I would name this post Gone With The Wind which also happens to be one of my all time favourite reads. I love and live by this quote from the book- ”After all, tomorrow is another day”- it is also my auto signature when you receive an email from me since 2000; it was then I first read this book as part of our course curriculum as a student of English literature in my 1st year of Undergrads at the University of Delhi, India. Going back to the title and topic of this post, I tried this look on a day trip to Aït Ben Haddou- a UNESCO World Heritage Site (a voyage post here). These photos truly explains how to make the best of crazy winds to get our shots! Fun and challenging…but we got it!
As you have read us in the previous posts on Morocco that since Morocco is a Muslim country, and modest dress is the norm, keeping that in mind, I conceptualised all my looks for this maiden trip to Morocco. While there has been some significant Westernization of clothing styles, even the latest fashions are given a modest take in this country such as women wearing stylish headscarves paired with Jeans and T-shirts. As a visitor, I certainly wasn’t expected to wear traditional dress, but covering up my shoulders and upper arms, not wearing anything above the knee, and keeping all parts of my midriff covered was a good way to show I respect the culture of modesty present among the locals. After all I always believe in ”Dress up for the occasion and places you are at”. It occurred to me instantly that I can upcycle some of my Indian wears and give a new twist to a few look to be donned in Morocco. Also this way, I could keep cool during the day when it was warmer and layered up in the evening accordingly i.e. turning my Dupatta into a scarf to tie around the neck. Choosing to wear a short kurti and a loose-fit Salwar not only added to a modesty factor, but will also kept me cooler during the day as well. If traditional Salwar-Kameez is not up your alley, try an edgier option with cutwork Kurta-Salwar like I did here and pair it with a heavy Chikankari embroidered chiffon Dupatta. This Lucknowie Chikankari embroidered chiffon Dupatta is one my old edits from Dilli Haat- it used to be my most frequently visited place in Delhi when I was the city’s resident. Later I have designed this black cotton cutwork two piece suit and started pairing them together, obvious to the mind that this Dupatta can be styled in a zillion ways.
To give your ethnic wears especially an all black Salwar- Kameez a makeover anyday with a vibrant and colourful Kutch Love clutch is a way to have a break from the norm. This ethnic clutch is made of all my favourite materials- cotton, mirrors, suede leather, pompom and Ghungroo (little bells). Teaming up with this Moroccan Babouche slipper in white leather and with multi-colored thread embroidery brought the breezy bohemian appeal to this look.
To accessorise this look, I opted for gypsy-styled chunky silver jewelleries- an Anita Dongre bird detail Jhumki and a flea market pick – a silver hand cuff with Ghungroos have completed this look. Bright tangerine lips and a pair of polarised sunglasses kept this look from feeling weighted down. A hat would have been preferred to keep my hair under control since it was an extremely windy day at Ait Ben Haddou but since it wouldn’t go well with this look, there came my scarf as saviour! The last but most important thing of this look is (not visible here but the tan sure is!) -tubes of sun protection cream:)
1. Wear shoes that cover your feet when travelling to the countrysides in Morocco.
2. Try wearing a two-piece Salwar-Kameez suit paired with a scarf with a character- Moroccans love Indian traditional embroidered outfits and accessories. You will receive compliments such as ”Hey Miss Universe!” ( yes that one came my way;))
What Was I Wearing?
Lucknowie Chikankari Embroidered Chiffon Dupatta from Dilli Haat, New Delhi India
Black Cutwork Salwar-Kameez two piece set designed by Tanusree
Silver Handcuff from Kolkata New Market, India
Kutch Love Clutch (Sorry! I had the most horrible shopping experience with this designer, so not giving out the name.)
Moroccan Babouche Slippers from a souk in Jemma El Fna Square, Marrakech, Morocco (Sorry again! Can’t recall the name of the souk)
Indi Polarised Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut